Thomasville, GA -- Thomas University Softball will open their 2013 season tomorrow afternoon looking to build off of their 2012 NAIA National Tournament Appearance. The Night Hawks will open their slate with a double header, beginning at 12PM, against College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, GA.
TU softball will be searching to reach new heights in a new conference affiliation as they begin their first season of play in The Sun Conference (TSC). Thomas was welcomed to the TSC back in July of 2011. With the opening of the Thomas University West Campus back in October, the Athletics Department has entered the modern era of college athletics with its new offices, 6,000 square foot weight room and 1,200 square foot athletic training room. "This is a new era for our athletic department", said Athletic Director Mike Lee. "We have a lot more we would like to do and want to do but this is a major step for our athletic programs, we are confident that the results will show on the field and in the classroom".
Head Softball Coach Bill Wilson enters his fifth season at the helm and expects to field his best team in that period. The Night Hawks return their top pitcher from 2012, junior Alexa Fair will once again be counted on to lead the way after going 8-9 with a 2.31 era. On the field TU will count on the steady performance of senior outfielder Kortney Campbell who led the team with 43 hits and batted .276 last season. Senior infielder Dionne Bishop is healthy after missing the majority of 2012 and will help bring experience to the infield. Thomas will welcome a trio of newcomers that will provide an immediate impact. Juniors Brittany Mayhill (outfielder), Taylor Nicolosi (infielder), and Amber Steadman (infielder) bring junior college experience and success to the lineup.
The Night Hawks continue their road trip with two games in Savannah, GA on Sunday. They will face Morgan State University at 10AM and Savannah State University at 2PM. TU opens TSC play on March 23rd.